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Dreamstime.com / Dreamstime Customer refunds
« on: October 15, 2020, 23:02 »
I'm getting a few Dreamstime "customer refund" emails lately. Anyone else? Is this some form of image abuse?

Alamy.com / Alamy Image Packs
« on: May 14, 2020, 07:16 »
Are you all seeing this offer when you click an image on Alamy:

"Save up to 30% with our image packs
Pre-pay for multiple images and download on demand."

Who needs 25 images for "personal use"?


Alamy.com / Alamy no watermark
« on: February 06, 2019, 12:46 »
There's no watermark on Alamy previews any more. Opens the way for "poor" bloggers for free blog size images.
Not good - especially when you're selling RM.

123RF / Upload Problems & Corrupt Files
« on: November 01, 2017, 07:23 »
Anyone else experiencing serious upload problems with 123RF?
Just recently several of my files show up corrupt - if they show up at all.
Tried both web upload (error messages with a couple for files which do not show at all) and was lucky to have 1-2 files show properly. "Processing" took about one hour. The rest of the files, corrupt.
FTP does not work, have no idea where my files end up, to Mars? Another solar system?
Does anybody else experience similar problems?

Pond5 / Pond5 any good for editorial?
« on: August 23, 2017, 13:45 »
Hi folks,

What is your experience on Pond5? Would it be worth the effort to upload photos there, particularly editorial? What kind of sales do you have there?

Dreamstime.com / Dreamstime new design
« on: July 04, 2017, 13:47 »
Check out your images on the new site.

How do you disable a file on the new site? Did not find that any more.

Shutterstock.com / what is Avopix?
« on: February 20, 2017, 07:26 »
Does anybody know what Avopix is?

The photos link back to Shutterstock but this information is certainly disturbing:

"Free images and videos you can use anywhere
All images and videos on AVOPIX are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0.
You may download, modify, distribute, and use them royalty-free for anything you like, even in commercial applications. Attribution is not required. "

Hi all,
Just lately I've seen some of my Editorial photos used in social media in either promoting or advertising a product. No photographer credit line. They've all been mid-size or small businesses doing this, and I don't know where they have purchased the images. In one incident I was quite sure the source was Bigstock (and still am) and wrote in, but they denied it and nothing followed.

It is perfectly clear that images of property, featuring a logo, etc, or people, need appropriate releases and without them the contributor will need to sell them under Editorial.
It's not OK that the buyers are using them in advertising. The photographer/ contributor is the one who will face the blame and responsibility eventually, everyone will ask "who took this photo?" and no one blames the buyer who used it wrongly.

What would you do in a situation like this? Any help/insight will be welcome.

General Stock Discussion / Stock Photos and Social media use
« on: October 31, 2016, 16:49 »
Are there any stock agencies any more  that would NOT allow social media use (or at least restrict it) for stock images?

Just found 4 of my photos in somebody's Facebook at 1800*1200 and it is frustrating to get few cents from them and now they are practically free photos to share with no copyright information. 

Is there a way to sell images without having to deal with the Facebook monster? How?

iStockPhoto.com / IStock 2048x1365 image preview
« on: September 13, 2016, 07:52 »
I don't know how long it's been there, but I was quite shocked to notice today the 2048 x 1365 image preview & download at Istock. Downloaded two of my own images at that size...

Some square images can be downloaded at 2048 X 2048.

Don't know if there is a thread already about this, but I find this quite shocking. Images with a light background and lots of white are under little or practically no protection.

Dreamstime.com / What are Dreamstime referred users?
« on: August 23, 2016, 06:34 »
Hi all,
When I look at my Dreamstime contributor information page, I see a list of "referred members"
on the right. Clicking at each of their names, I notice that each of them has 0 uploads. Next to each of their profile are images, which are not theirs, but other contributor images.

Under Referrral program there's this information:
"(X number of) users were referred by you.
 No photographers were referred by you.
 No buyers were referred by you. No payment plans were purchased. "

 I've earned 0.00 under the referral program...

So if they are not photographers or buyers, who are they? And where do the images next to their avatar refer to?

Sorry if this is asked before. Thanks in advance for any insight on this.

Shutterstock.com / Shutterstock Tab
« on: December 02, 2015, 10:43 »
Have you checked out Shutterstock Tab 1.1.2 ?

It's a Chrome extension. Everytime you open a new tab you get the time and weather with a lovely contributor image from Shutterstock.


Wonder what WE are getting out of this?

Can you help please? Someone would like to use commercially a photo that I am selling under Editorial license in a couple of stock agencies (DT, SS, 123rf etc). Can I licence that image directly to them to be used commercially, or do I have to decline?
Thank you.

Image Sleuth / Freecodesource.com, What IS this site?
« on: August 14, 2014, 08:18 »
What's up with this site freecodesource.com?

It has tons of Shutterstock photos. If you click Download Photo Without Watermark
it directs you to SS, but look at that HTML under the image:
"Display this Stock Photo on your Website or Blog"
and then there's HTML code.

Displaying someone else's SS watermarked photo on your website/blog can't be legal??
Anyone know about this?

See for yourself


(just borrowing random examples)

123RF / 123RF Upload doesn't work?
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:55 »
Hi, Can't upload anything to 123RF today. The upload via the web form starts but the images won't show up in "history".
Is anyone experiencing the same, or is it just my computer etc some tech issues?

I would need advice regarding a credentials issue. Thanks in advance for everyone who have the strenght go through this:

I asked editorial credentials for a small-ish event, to make the submission easier for SS and Bigstock. Actually that might not have been necessary (not a ticketed event, open area etc...) but I wanted to avoid the song and dance with the stock agencies. Usually getting the credentials hasn't been that hard anyway.

This time the organizer of the event sent me an email, which contained the editorial credentials form. OK  so far, BUT the email said further: "The credentials are ok if we can use your images later. We will give the participants (ie who bring an item to the event) a photo of their X (X being whatever item they bring) at the venue."

Can someone tell me what does this mean, and do I need to mind the added sentence? Their condition is not reasonable, and doens't seem even legal.
I was thinking that, sure they can use my images, if they download them from a stock agency. No problem. But then I thought, wait a minute, they cannot actually "give" my images away. They don't have the rights to pass on my images to a third party.

The email just said "images", not how many, nothing about the price of images (not "for free"). No one, not even a child would let 30-50 of their images used without a charge, and the form of EC, that is really not that valuable!

I later learned that the event organizer is not a professional (wasn't hard to guess eh) so maybe he was just ignorant.

I can't accept the condition of providing images for free. Is that kind of a condition, attached to an editorial credential, even legally binding?

Provided that it is probably legally ok to shoot at the event without the editorial credentials anyway, and licence them as editorial, can I just ignore the editorial credentials form? I would shoot at the event and never submit the form they sent me.

What would be the best way to proceed?

Thank you for your help!

General Photography Discussion / .
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:33 »

Mostphotos.com / MostPhotos won't fix MediaCloud
« on: May 04, 2014, 12:00 »
Does anyone know what's going on with Most Photos? Their Mediacloud doesn't work properly, it doesn't save any changes made to captions, keywords or licences. This has been going on for two weeks or so.

I have emailed the support but received no reply... and the problem continues. There is not even any info on the site about this.

I would just like to know if they ever plan to fix it, and when?

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